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Would a disguise self spell* be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes?

"You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type (although you can appear as another subtype)

Two sub questions:

  1. Is a Monstrous Humanoid a humanoid subtype? If so since the Medusa (a monstrous humanoid) has serpentile hair, this should work.

If not, there's a "Humanoid(reptilian)" subtype.

  1. Could the witch make different parts of herself appear as different subtypes (i.e. face elf-like, hair reptilian subtype)?
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You cannot change your creature type (although you can appear as another subtype). Otherwise, the extent of the apparent change is up to you. You could add or obscure a minor feature or look like an entirely different person or gender. The spell does not provide the abilities or mannerisms of the chosen form, nor does it alter the perceived tactile (touch) or audible (sound) properties of you or your equipment. If you use this spell to create a disguise, you get a +10 bonus on the Disguise check. A creature that interacts with the glamer gets a Will save to recognize it as an illusion.

Emphasis mine. That being said, you may still have to roll a Disguise check (at the appropriate bonus) to make it convincing.

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You cannot change your creature subtype either, only the appeared creature subtype, so why the emphasis on not being able to change creature type? Did they mean you cannot appear as another creature type? Monsterous humanoids aren't of the humanoid type after all. I always interpreted it the way you do now, but now the "cannot change creature type" seems strange to me... –  Julix Jan 13 '14 at 0:45
I'm pretty sure the first part of that sentence was to prevent it from being used to make, say, a human appear to be a dragon. That being said, changing one's hair doesn't bar one from being humanoid. There's plenty of humanoids with weird things going on, and what you claim about it ("Great grandma was a medusa") won't affect the spell. Frankly, though, I'd just ask my DM about my hair being non-venomous snakes unless faking it appeals for some specific reason. Refluffing is much cleaner. –  Lord_Gareth Jan 13 '14 at 0:47
Do you mean having real snakes stored in the hair or the hair literally being made of snakes? - The former for some reason didn't cross my mind until about half an hour when thinking about what KRyan and mxyzplk said, and is actually quite plausible to me. Doing the latter without an ingame cause just rubs me all the wrong ways, perhaps I'm not used to high fantasy yet. For immersion I need cause and effect even in fantasy worlds, though cause and effect is allowed to include divine intevention, magic, and what ever else happens in that particular universe ;-) –  Julix Jan 13 '14 at 10:33

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